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Old 03-20-2005, 06:27   #1 (permalink)
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Weight reduction in a BA

Just wondering if anyone has reduced the weight of their BA, and by how much?

I know the carbon fibre XR8/GT bonnet is available, but I haven't heard anything else besides that.
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Old 03-20-2005, 14:16   #2 (permalink)
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don't ask me m8.
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WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO? the bonnet is part of the crumple zone. if they were made any lighter they would probably twist or fail under torque or at worse an accident
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Re: Weight reduction in a BA

I do not drive a BA but some straight forward mods you could do would be to switch to lighter seats and wheels. Move the battery to the boot and switch it to an Optima unit Not just weight savings but improved balance there. I saw a carbon fibre boot advertised from the same people who do the bonnets.

More difficult but ultimately more telling would be to switch to an alloy block. Perhaps a modified brake system using the DBA 5000 series lightweight two piece discs and some Wilwood Billet Dynalite calipers? Always nice to reduce unsprung weight. Might also be some advantage to be had switching to a coilover setup although costly for a decent threaded type.
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I was thinking about this when i woke up this morning. Could make a light weight BA and call it a Sprint. I'd replace bonnet with carbon fibre type, and any other panel that's available. Replace all wheels with lightweight magnesium alloy variants. remove all sound deadening from the under bonnet and boot areas. remove carpet and underlay from interior and replace with thin rubber. Remove all door trims and replace with the one piece carbon fibre door trims in the V8 supercar burnout cars. All up it could reduce weight by about 100kg's. And the BA Sprint is born.
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Re: Weight reduction in a BA

for me... i'd start by going to the gym more often..... i think i'd get more joy from that. lol.
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Re: Weight reduction in a BA

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I was thinking about this when i woke up this morning. Could make a light weight BA and call it a Sprint. I'd replace bonnet with carbon fibre type, and any other panel that's available. Replace all wheels with lightweight magnesium alloy variants. remove all sound deadening from the under bonnet and boot areas. remove carpet and underlay from interior and replace with thin rubber. Remove all door trims and replace with the one piece carbon fibre door trims in the V8 supercar burnout cars. All up it could reduce weight by about 100kg's. And the BA Sprint is born.
It would still be a heavy car, and not suitable for the road.
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ROFL weight loss for the ba, why not purchase an excel much cheaper and light!
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Stone Brothers have reduced the weight in their cars, try what they've done - not a lot of comforts but seems to go like the clappers!!!!

Otherwise I thought a lot of the weight was from the body that was strengthened so much more than the AU, this also helped the handling, give and take.
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You could ditch the Mod motor and put a windsor in. That should save a lot of weight.
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